In the summer of 1977, the Sex Pistols set out to crash Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee by causing a ruckus on the Thames. Orchestrated by manager Malcolm McLaren as a promotional stunt for the controversial hit album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, the concert took place on a river cruise and culminated with police encircling the band, who ferociously powered through songs like “Anarchy in the UK” while sailing past Parliament. Less than a decade after that notorious party, director Alex Cox reimagined the scene in Sid & Nancy, his harrowing portrait of bassist Sid Vicious’s doomed romance with his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Glimpses of the preparation that went into this reenactment can be seen on our newly updated edition, which includes Martin Turner’s 1987 documentary England’s Glory, an off-the-cuff, tongue-in-cheek look at the wild antics on the set of Cox’s film. In the excerpt below, watch Cox, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and a band of punk extras get ready to restage the band’s infamous anti-monarchy statement.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.